Francisco Rodriguez Saving His Way to the Top

Austin DrakeSenior Analyst IJuly 20, 2008

Francisco Rodriguez was born on January 7, 1982 in Caracas, Venezuela. His first season in the majors was 2003, in which he played a middle relief role and went 8-3 in 59 appearances. Now, this 26-year-old All-Star is making $10 million a year. 

It's only July 20, and Frankie Rodriguez has already reached 40 saves.

K-Rod has saved 40 games for the Angels this season while blowing only three save opportunities. There are four teams in the MLB this season who don't even have 40 wins yet.

He has only given up 11 runs on 28 hits in his 44 innings pitched, which gives him an outstanding 2.25 ERA. That ERA ranks among the league's best at the closer position.

Frankie only needs 17 saves to match the record for most saves in a season (57).

With opponents hitting a minuscule .181 against him, his unconventional pitching delivery and his nasty repertoire have made him one of the best relievers in the game today, and possibly one of the best ever.

K-Rod is in his contract year and is expecting to test the free agent water. Most all MLB teams will be willing to pay top dollar for this dynamite, shut down closer.

Frankie Rodriguez Stats